Rylan Clark-Neal speaks out after Xtra Factor is axed by ITV

Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson.

Rylan Clark-Neal has confirmed he won't be back on the Xtra Factor this year, with the show axed by ITV.

The spin-off to the main X Factor series won't return in 2017 having accompanied the singing competition on ITV2 since 2004.

During that time the show has seen may hosts including Ben Shephard, Holly Willoughby, Olly Murs and Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson.

And who can forget that year Konnie Huq was in charge.

The latest series was fronted by Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson together with Roman Kemp, who had taken over from Melvin Odoom and Rochelle Humes.

Rylan tweeted tonight: "After an amazing series I just want to say what an honour it was to finally host The Xtra Factor alongside the lovely Matt and naughty scamp Roman.

"It was always a one year gig (LOLS) and a full 360 for me and I'm grateful I had that opportunity.

"I propose a wake alongside Matt, Roman, Rochelle, Melvin, Sarah, MattR, Caroline, Olly, Konnie, Fearne, Holly and Ben where we can all wear black and mourn as one. God bless Xtra and all who sailed her Sleep well girl x."

According to The Sun newspaper, the decision to axe the Xtra Factor was made in a bid to focus on more online content.

A source said: "It’s nothing to do with Rylan and Matt. They did a great job and if the show was continuing on TV they would definitely be returning.

"It’s just about the nature of how people consume TV now."

A spokesperson for ITV said: "The X Factor is our biggest ITV entertainment show in terms of online engagement.

“We have taken the decision to move away from a linear switchover show and instead focus our efforts on our digital platforms, in support of the main show.”

The X Factor 2017 will air on ITV2 later this year.

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